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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Getting black stool during early pregnancy is serious?

Getting black stool during early pregnancy is serious?

If you have taken: Pepto bismol or are on iron pills for anemia, this may be the cause of the black stools. If neither, should discuss with your OB promptly. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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Is black loose stools during pregnancy first trimester normal?

Is black loose stools during pregnancy first trimester normal?

If on IRON: The iron in the prenatal vitamin, or if you are even on a supplemental Iron pill can cause the stool to be black. Call your GYN to assure you are on an iron supplement. If so, most likely fine, but at next visit, you could always have your stool checked for heme to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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I m a female and i got green and black stool so whats it mean?I have a early pregnancy and have some medicine

I m a female and i got green and black stool so whats it mean?I have a early pregnancy and have some medicine

Color of stool: The color of your stool is a reflection of your diet. What you eat is digested and the waste products are left over as stool. If you feel something is abnormal then a gastroenterologist can investigate. ...Read more

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Hi I'm having black stool I heard that taking pepto bismol can do this now I'm not having any blood in my stool and I could be pregnant should this be happening?

Hi I'm having black stool I heard that taking pepto bismol can do this now I'm not having any blood in my stool and I could be pregnant should this be happening?

Taking peptobismol : Peptobismol can indeed cause dark stools whether you are pregnant or not. Upper gastrointestinal bleeding can also do so. The concern is that you could be taking the peptobismol for a condition that causes bleeding. Check with your OB about the problem and have it evaluated. Be safe. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Brooks
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27wks pregnant.Noticed black stool today. Have constipation from before preg. Havnt taken iron tab for 2days. Havnt eaten beetroot.Shud i b concerned?

27wks pregnant.Noticed black stool today. Have constipation from before preg. Havnt taken iron tab for 2days. Havnt eaten beetroot.Shud i b concerned?

Possibly: Black stools, usually sticky and foul smelling, may be a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding. Iron supplements and pepto bismol will turn the stool color black even 2 days after taking it. If it continues you should have your stool checked for blood. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have black stool while 33 weeks pregnant? I take prenatals on a daily bases.

Is it normal to have black stool while 33 weeks pregnant? I take prenatals on a daily bases.

Black Stool Normal?: I would predict that your prenatal vitamins have iron in them. Iron can lead to black stools. This is most likely normal. ...Read more

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I am 14 weeks pregnant. I am having black stools from the very next day i started my iron tabs, but no pain or constipation, will it effect my baby.?

I am 14 weeks pregnant. I am having black stools from the very next day i started my iron tabs, but no pain or constipation, will it effect my baby.?

Probably not: Iron supplements will turn your stool black and correcting the anemia is safer for your baby than not. The assumption here is that the black stools are from the iron pills and not from bleeding from an unknown as yet site. Confirm with your OB gyn. ...Read more

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I am 26 wks pregnant and have black stool in the morning for the last wk but I'm on pain killer from a knee surgery should I be worried?

I am 26 wks pregnant and have black stool in the morning for the last wk but I'm on pain killer from a knee surgery should I be worried?

Black Stool: Black, tarry, malodorous stool could be related to GI bleeding. However, if you are taking medication containing iron (such as prenatal vitamins) or peptobismal - those could cause black stools too. Please let your OB know so that this can be assessed. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm 15 weeks pregnant and have black stool the last two times. I'm not on any iron supplements. What could be the cause if this?

I'm 15 weeks pregnant and have black stool the last two times. I'm not on any iron supplements.  What could be the cause if this?

Iron or blood : If you are taking prenatal vitamins, which have extra iron in them, you might have this occur. Alternatively, you might have bleeding somewhere in your gastrointestinal tract (ex:bleeding ulcer) that should be further evaluated and worked-up. ...Read more

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Melena (Definition)

Melena is also known as Black stool. Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


Stool Is Black (Definition)

Stool is black is also known as Black stool. Stool is black is a symptom in which there is black, reddish-black, or very dark coloring to stools. Black stools can be due to old blood in the stools ...Read more


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